Denver Newsroom, Mar 15, 2022 / 15:50 pm (CNA).
With the announcement that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary March 25, interest in the consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, has been renewed.
Below is an assortment of documents, collected by EWTN, relating to the request for consecration, and its fulfilment made in 1984 by Saint John Paul II and the bishops of the world.
Documents on Fatima & Memoirs of Sister Lucia (English Edition), Fatima Family Apostolate (1992). Translation of: Novos Documentos de Fátima, Introdução e Notas pelo P. Antonio Maria Martins, S.J., (Porto, 1984)
6 June 1930, Interview with Sr. Lucia
Fr. Gonçalves. As regards the salvation of poor Russia, what is it that is wanted or desired?
Sr. Lucia. If I am not mistaken, Our Dear Lord God promises to end the persecution of Russia, if the Holy Father condescends to make, and likewise ordains the Bishops of the Catholic World, to make a solemn and public act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In response to the end of this persecution, His Holiness is to promise to approve of and recommend the practice of the already mentioned devotion of reparation. [Five First Saturdays]
1936 Letter of Sr. Lucia to Fr. Gonçalvez
Pontevedra, May 18,1936
… About the other question whether it would be good to insist in order to obtain the consecration of Russia, I answer in almost the same way as I answered the other times. I am sorry that it has not already been done. However, it is the same God who requested it, who has permitted this.
I am going to say what I feel about it, although it is a rather delicate matter to put in a letter due to the danger of it being lost and read, but I entrust it to the same God, because I am afraid I have not treated the matter with enough clarity.
Is it convenient to insist? I don’t know. It seems to me that if the Holy Father were to make it now, Our Lord would accept it, and fulfill His promise. Also there is no doubt that it would please Our Lord and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Intimately I have spoken to Our Lord about the subject, and not too long ago I asked Him why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father making the consecration?
Christ: “Because I want my whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in order to later extend its cult and to place the devotion to this Immaculate Heart alongside the devotion to my Sacred Heart.”
Sr. Lucia: But my God, the Holy Father probably won’t believe me, unless You Yourself move him with a special inspiration.
Christ: “The Holy Father. Pray very much for the Holy Father. He will do it, but it will be too late. Nevertheless the Immaculate Heart of Mary will save Russia. It has been entrusted to Her.”
. . . Your most humble servant.
Maria Lucia de Jesus, R.S.D.
P.S.—About Mexico, Spain and France, you know that they are not included in the promise. We would have to count on the generosity of the Divine mercy. I don’t think I need to ask you to burn this letter as soon as you have read it. I suppose you do it out of prudence, therefore I will remain calm; I would also thank you for telling me if you have received it.*
The last time I spoke to the Bishop, he promised me that he would take care of this matter, but I don’t know if he did. I leave everything in the hands of God and in the care of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and I try to work in my field of action, which is sacrifice and prayer. Although these are as poor as I, I hope that the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary will accept them for the conversion of sinners.
I ask you to bless the one who does not forget you close to Jesus and Mary.
Maria Lucia de Jesus
*The Spanish Civil War was underway and the letter might be intercepted.
1937 Letter of Dom José Alves Correia da Silva (Bishop of Leiria) to Pope Pius XI
Most blessed Father:
Humbly prostrate at the feet of your Holiness, I judge that I must present the following to your Holiness:
There is in this diocese the sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima, which is the major center of piety in Portugal and whose devotion is dispersed through many nations. From the recommendations made by the most blessed Virgin in 1917, especially the devotion to the Holy Rosary, aversion to license, and penitence, it is clear that our Lady was preparing the battle against the communism from which Portugal has been preserved so far, despite its proximity to Spain. We Portuguese bishops pledged in the past year, after the retreat which we made at the sanctuary, to call a great national pilgrimage if until the end of 1937 our country will not be invaded by the terrible calamity of communism. Thanks to the Most Holy Virgin we have been at peace.
Of the three children to whom our Lady appeared, two have died and the one surviving is a religious at the Institute of Saint Dorothy in Spain. This religious asks me to communicate to your Holiness that, according to a heavenly revelation, the good God promises to end the persecution in Russia, should your Holiness deign to make and order that all the bishops of the Catholic World together make a solemn and public act of reparation and consecration of Russia to the most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary and approve and recommend the practice of reparatory devotion which consists in receiving Holy Communion, Reciting the Rosary, making fifteen minutes of meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary, all this on the first Saturday of five consecutive months.
This devotion would have as its purposes:
Reparation for the blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception, the Virginity, the Maternity of the most Blessed Virgin and the offenses against the images of our Lady; supplication for our children, in whose hearts has been implanted contempt and even hatred for the Mother of Heaven.
Here, most Holy Father, is the communication which I have received for transmission to your Holiness.
In the pilgrimages to the Sanctuary we pray always for your Holiness.
Finally, I humbly beg your Holiness for your Apostolic Blessing for this diocese, your humble pastor and the pilgrims of the sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima.
25 MARCH 1984 – ACT OF CONSECRATION, POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, ST. PETER’S SQUARE
29 August 1989, Letter to Sr. Mary of Bethlehem
J.+ M. Pax Christi
Dear Sister Mary of Bethlehem:
Received your letter and, although I have very little time at my disposal I will answer your question which is: Is the Consecration of the world, according to the request of Our Lady, made?
On Oct. 31, 1942, His Holiness Pius XII made the Consecration. I was asked if it was made as Our Lady requested. I answered “NO,” because it was not made in union with all the bishops of the world.
Later, on May 13, 1967, His Holiness Paul VI made the Consecration. I was asked if it was made as Our Lady requested. I responded “NO,” for the same reason, it was not made in union with all the bishops of the world.
On May 13, 1982, His Holiness John Paul II made the Consecration. I was asked if it was made. I responded “NO.” It was not made in union with all the bishops of the world.
Then this same Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II wrote to all the bishops of the world asking them to unite with him. He sent for the statute of Our Lady of Fátima — the one from the little Chapel to be taken to Rome and on March 25, 1984 – publicly – with the bishops who wanted to unite with His Holiness, made the Consecration as Our Lady requested. They then asked me if it was made as Our Lady requested, and I said, “YES.” Now it was made.
Why this urgency of God that this Consecration should be made in union with all the bishops of the world? Because this Consecration is a call for unity of all Christians – The Mystical Body of Christ – whose head is the Pope, the one, true representative of Christ on earth to whom the Lord confided the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and on this union depends the faith in the world and the charity which is the bond that must unite all of us in Christ, as that which He wants, and as He asked the Father: “As You, O Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You have sent Me. . . I in them, and You in Me; that they be made perfect in one, and the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:21-23).
As we see of the union depends the faith and the charity that must be the bond of our union in Christ, whose true representative on earth is the Pope.
A hug to your mother and my greetings to the rest of the family in union with prayers.
Coimbra, August 29,1989
[Editor (Fr. Robert Fox) on the formula “In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated” used by Pope John Paul II: “. . . Fr. Messias Coelho, theologian and editor of the Portuguese journal “Mesagem de Fátima,” answered the objection effectively from the philosophical and theological aspect. Sister Lucia, out of respect for the Pope, spoke of it the way our Holy Father did, using the word “world, ” which included Russia. In the letter the Pope sent to the world’s bishops, the Holy Father clarified that it was to renew both the consecration of the world (1942) and Russia (1952). This time he did so in union with the bishops.]
Time of the Consecrations
Text of the 1982 (Pope John Paul II) and the 1984 Consecration (the Pope and the Bishops)
3 July 1990, Letter to Fr. Robert Fox, Fatima Family Apostolate
The Peace of Christ
Rev. Father Robert J. Foxx
I come to answer your question, “lf the consecration made by
Pope John Paul II on March 25, 1984 in union with all the bishops of
the World, accomplished the conditions for the conversion of Russia,
according to the request of Our Lady in Thy on June 13 of 1929? Yes,
it was accomplished, and since then I have said that it was made.
And I say that no other person responds for me,
it is I who receive and open all letters and respond to them.
In union of prayers.
Coimbra, July 3, 1990
Interview with the former Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God (Moscow), Catholic Herald, UK, (30 March 2017)
People in the former Soviet republic of Belarus have a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, and so does the archbishop who leads them. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk, Belarus, who served as archbishop of Moscow from 1991 to 2007, speaks passionately about his devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, who appeared to three children in Portugal in 1917.
“The idea of Fatima, the idea of the conversion of Russia – it’s in my heart,” he told Catholic News Service during a late-March visit to Washington. “You will never find a church without a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in my country,” he added.
Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said he met three times with Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who received the visions of Mary.
At the first meeting, in 1991, he told Sister Lucia that he was the Catholic archbishop in Moscow. “She asked several times, ‘Is it true?’” “‘So,’ she said, ‘it means the prophecy of Fatima is fulfilled,’” Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said.
Part of the Fatima message – contained in a vision to Sister Lucia and her cousins – warned of the rise of communism, but also spoke of the ultimate triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially in Russia if the country was consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. Although some Fatima devotees have debated whether the consecrations were carried out properly, Popes Pius XII, Paul VI and John Paul II each entrusted the world, and Russia in particular, to Mary. Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said Sister Lucia assured him that it was done correctly. He said Sister Lucia told him to work with the Orthodox, and she sent a statue of Our Lady of Fatima with him to give to Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow, who was patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church at the time. “Later, I saw the statue on his table several times,” the archbishop said.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the first time Mary spoke of Russia in the apparitions, he said, two pilgrimages from Belarus will meet in Fatima on July 13.
As far as Sister Lucia’s instructions to work with the Orthodox, the archbishop said the two churches applied to open counselling centres in abortion hospitals and received government permission. “We saved a lot of lives,” he said, adding that the two churches along with some Protestant communities lobbied to change the Belarusian law to limit instances in which abortion is allowed. . . . [End of article]
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